On Protected Lists and the Expansion Draft …
Pierre LeBrun: “A reminder: some of the players you will see exposed today may already be protected in another fashion by a side deal with Vegas.”
Pierre LeBrun: “Another reminder: teams are going to see the lists today and then call Vegas to say: Can you draft that guy for us and we’ll give you this … So Vegas can balance what another team is willing to pay for another team’s unprotected player vs. what that team will pay not to lose him … No matter how you slice it, it’s good to be GM GM over the next few days”
Pierre LeBrun: It’s the Golden Knights plan to make trades over the next few days and then announce the trades on Wednesday.
Harvey Fialkov: Have a feeling that the Florida Panthers have made a side deal with Vegas so that they keep Johnathan Marchessault. He’s their best pure goal scorer.
Darren Dreger: Interesting that the Islanders protected five defensemen and three forwards. Source saying that they will send Vegas a first round pick to not select their main unprotected forwards.
Elliotte Friedman: Belief is that the Islanders have a trade in place with Vegas.